Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - October 23, 2015

1st Quarter Has Ended

It is hard to believe that the end of the first quarter is TODAY! Hard copies of report cards will be sent home with parents during conferences, however, you have access through Power School at anytime. Please make sure you are signed up to meet with your child's teacher. Conferences are November 4th from 4:00 pm to to 8:00 pm and November 5th from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Book Fair is Coming

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner, November 4-12. The Book Fair will be open to parents to shop during conferences on Wednesday, November 4, from 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., and on Thursday, November 5, from10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Students will be able to shop during their regularly scheduled library time Monday-Thursday, November 9-12, from 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. A flyer will be sent home with students with more information.

Packing Lunches

If a student packs a lunch, please make sure the appropriate utensils are included. The school cafeteria is unable to provide sporks to all students who pack a lunch. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

If you pick up or drop off your child, please, remember to NOT park your car in front of the school! The line needs to keep moving to efficiently get kids in and out of school in a timely manner. If for some reason, you need to leave your car, please use the available parking spaces. Additionally, when students are being dropped off in the morning, please use the entire length of the drop off zone (even past the cross walk) to keep the line moving. Thank you for you assistance in keeping these busy times running smoothly!

To ensure the safety of our students, parents and older students are not permitted in the bus parking lot during dismissal. If for some reason your child should not be on the bus, please go to the front office. We can not dismiss students off of buses to parents or relatives.

Halloween Celebration

Classes will hold their Halloween parties on Friday, Oct. 30 at 2:45 pm. The students will have a parade in the school starting at 2:15 pm. Costumes can be worn but must be appropriate, no bloody and gory costumes or weapons will be permitted. If the staff deems a costume not appropriate it will not be worn during the parade or party. Parent volunteers that have been arranged with the the classroom teacher, only, are permitted for the parade and party.

D.A.R.E. Movie Night

D.A.R.E. Movie Night Flyer

D.A.R.E. Movie Night is scheduled for Wednesday October 28th from 5:30-9:00pm in the Elementary Commons. This event is open to 5th graders only. Please see the flyer for more information.

Otsego Local Schools Family Night

Otsego Schools would like to announce our 1st ever “family night” on Monday, November 9th. The goal of Family Night is to encourage families to take the evening to focus on each other and spend time together as a family in whatever way works for your family. There will be NO homework, assignments or tests the next day. There will also be NO athletic practices or any other extra-curricular activities on family night. We hope you can take advantage of this night and celebrate being a family!

Spending time with your family is a great investment, an investment that doesn’t take a lot of money. It just takes time and commitment. Our lives are all extremely busy and fast paced. We all need reminded from time to time how important spending quality time with your family is. Research shows that the benefits of family time on a regular basis can increase academic performance, decrease behavioral problems, decrease violence, and decreases the chances of drug abuse.

A few ideas to get you started thinking about your evening together.

Games: Play your favorite family board game or card game

Dinner: Plan a meal together and cook together

Memories: Look through old photos and family videos

Get Creative: Create an art project, crafts, or build something as a family

Get Fit: If the weather is nice, go for a long walk in a park as a family

We are also working with area businesses to offer discounts at local restaurants, movie theaters, and other family fun activities. We will provide more details on these locations later this month.

We will continue to provide information on Otsego Family Night, as we get closer to the day. If at all possible, please clear your calendar on November 9th and spend time with family!

Otsego PTO

“There’s a Minion reasons to join PTO”

Check out the PTO on Facebook and follow on Twitter @OtsegoPTO


Don’t miss the next meeting November 3 at 6:30 pm.

Counselor's Corner

Red Ribbon Week October 26-30

2015 Theme: "Respect yourself, be drug free!"

On Monday, October 26th we will hold a Red Ribbon Week kick-off fair in the gym! Every class will get a time to visit and will be able to sign pledge cards, sign a school banner, and pick-up free Red-Ribbon Week items.

Daily Themes:

Monday (10/26): Respect yourself, be drug free! Wear Red to kick-off Red Ribbon Week.

Tuesday (10/27): Sock it to drugs! Wear crazy socks!

Wednesday (10/28): Show respect, dress to impress. Dress up nice!

Thursday (10/29): Team up against drugs. Wear your favorite sports team.

Friday (10/30): Say Boo to drugs! Wear Otsego colors & bring a costume for the parade.

*Keeping your Red Ribbon all week & participating in daily themes will put you in the running for daily prizes!*

Hygiene Drive for Otsego Food Pantry

Respecting yourself means taking care of your body! Therefore, we will be collecting hygiene items to donate to the Otsego Food Pantry. Items that can be donated include: Shampoo / Conditioner, Body Soap, Deodorant, Toothbrushes / Toothpaste, Kleenex, Laundry Soap / Softener, Diapers, Toilet Paper, and Baby Wipes.

Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest: Grades 3-5. The posters were due today 10/23 but if students haven't turned them in yet, they can bring them on Monday! Posters will be used to decorate the school during Red Ribbon Week.

For more information on School-Wide programs & the Elementary Counseling program, visit Miss Mikesina's Website: http://oesknightscounselor.weebly.com/

Important Dates

Oct. 26-30 - Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 28 - D.A.R.E. Movie Night - 5th Grade

Nov. 3 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

Nov. 4-12 - Book Fair

Nov. 4 - Parent Teacher Conferences - 4-8pm

Nov. 5 - NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences - 10am-8pm

Nov. 6 - NO SCHOOL

Nov. 12 - RSVP Parent Meeting (5th Grade girls only)

Nov. 17 - 5th Grade Music Performance - 7pm

Nov. 18 - 2 Hour Delay - Teacher Inservice

Nov. 24 - Spirit Day - Wear the colors of your favorite sports team

Nov. 25-27 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 1 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

Dec. 2 - 3rd Grade State Test in ELA

Dec. 3 - 3rd Grade Music Performance - 7pm

Dec. 4 - D.A.R.E. Graduation - 1pm - 5th Grade

Dec. 4 - PTO Drop and Shop 6-9pm

Dec. 14 - 4th Grade Music Performance - 7pm

Dec. 15-16 - PTO Christmas Store

Dec. 18 - Spirit Day - Wear Orange & Black

Dec. 23 - Jan. 3 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Jan. 4 - School Resumes

Jan. 5 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

Jan. 14 - End of 2nd Quarter

Jan. 14 - Spirit Day - Wear Orange & Black

Jan. 15 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday

Jan. 18 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 22 - Report cards go home

Feb. 2 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

Feb. 12 - NO SCHOOL - PD for Teachers

Feb. 15 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day

Feb. 19 - PTO Drop and Dine - 6-9pm

Mar. 1 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

Mar. 16 - 2 Hour Delay - Teacher Inservice

Mar. 18 - End of 3rd Quarter

Mar. 22 - 2nd Grade Music Performance - 7pm

Mar. 24 - Report cards go home

Mar. 25 - April 3 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

April 4 - School Resumes

April 5 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

April 20 - 2 Hour Delay - Teacher Inservice

April 26 - 1st Grade Music Performance - 7pm

May 3 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

May 11 - 2 Hour Delay - Teacher Inservice

May 16-17 - Field Day

May 19-20 - Field Day Rain Dates

May 24-25 - Air Extreme Behavior Reward

May 27 - Last Day for Students

Biddy Wrestling Sign Up

If your student is interested in Biddy Wrestling, please print and complete this form.

Biddy Wrestling Sign Up Form

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Check out our new App!

Otsego Elementary School… There’s an app for that!

Otsego Local Schools in partnership with SchoolInfoApp announced today the launch of the Otsego Local Schools app by SchoolInfoApp which is now available for iPhones®, iPads®, Android™, Blackberry™ and Windows™ devices. The Otsego Local Schools app by SchoolInfoApp enables parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff to quickly access all of the who, what, when and where for Otsego Local Schools. Click on the links below or search OTSEGO LOCAL SCHOOLS within your device’s online store. There are basically 4 apps in 1. In the menu bar there is a button called My Schools. Click there to add all of the schools.

Click here to download on an apple device

Click here to download on an android device

The Otsego Local Schools app by SchoolInfoApp is free and gives parents and students quick access to:

· Keep up with all of the latest news, information and announcements

· Find out about events and activities

· Contact teachers, staff and administration

· Access school menus, the online gradebook system and more

· Get important documents, picture galleries & other media

The Otsego Local Schools app by SchoolInfoApp also provides students with valuable tools, including:

· A TipLine to promote campus safety that allows students to anonymously report tips related to instances of bullying, academic integrity concerns or possible on-campus criminal activity

We will work to keep the app up to date and we will always be looking to make improvements.

Follow Us on Twitter

Preschool: @OtsegoPreK

Kindergarten: @OtsegoK

1st Grade: @OtsegoFirst

2nd Grade: @OtsegoGrade2

3rd Grade: @OtsegoGrade3

4th Grade: @OtsegoGrade4

5th Grade: @OtsegoGrade5

School Counselor: @OEScounselor



Please help our students by collecting tabs from aluminum cans. Each tab is easy to remove and can be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. The tabs help fund various projects for Ronald McDonald Houses and its visitors. Send the tabs in a bag to the school and our students will do the rest!


You can help the school earn money for supplies by collecting Box Tops and Campbells labels from soup, juices and snacks. Our PTO collects and counts them and puts the money straight back into the school.

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Bonnie Armitage

Administrative Assistant

Jenny Helberg

Administrative Assistant